Toolbox Pre School Years (0-4 years)

Parenting your toddler or preschooler comes with a surprising amount of unexpected challenges! Sleep deprivation, strong-willed two-year-olds, picky eaters and food flying everywhere!

Over six weeks, we’ll cover all of this and more with plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions. We’re sure you’ll come out the other end feeling confident and ready to tackle the toddler and preschool years with your kids.

Parenting Place is a charity with a heart for New Zealand families. Their programmes relate to those with a newborn, a teenager, a troupe of grandkids, or nieces and nephews, and are designed to inspire, encourage, and support the strengthening of whanau relationships.

Toolbox is one of their most widely delivered programmes.

Leaders are trained through the Parenting Place and Taranaki is lucky to have Katy Quest, Carla Moore, Caitlin Hocken and Sonya Goodchild-Brooks and Shell Shaw as accredited programme providers.

Course Outline

6 Week Course – For Parents/Caregivers of children aged 0-4 years

Toolbox Pre School years covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and more.

What’s covered in the six sessions?

Session 1 – Understanding love and connection
Session 2 – Understanding yourself as a parent
Session 3 – Understanding emotions
Session 4 – Understanding behaviour
Session 5 – Understanding the world of a preschooler
Session 6 – Understanding a culture of connection

Resources Required

The Toolbox Baby and Pre School workbook is provided to each participant.


In 6 sessions, over 6 weeks, the Toolbox Baby & Pre School programme supports the development of a strong and loving bond with your child, and will build your confidence as a parent/caregiver.

With prior arrangement, we can offer childminding onsite (at the other end of the room, so close by) at a cost of $15 a child per session, and an extra $5 per child of the same family. ‘Babes in arms’ are welcome to join the group.


Next delivery will be an ONLINE option. We have listened and now offer this option.

Starting Wednesday 22nd May at 7pm. Please email Katy here with your interest to join this round as spaces are limited. If you would like to be contacted when the next one has a confirmed date please register your interest using the green button at the top of this text.


The cost is $60 per person, to be paid via invoice to secure your place, with thanks to the Toi Foundation who have funded the $1600 operational costs of this course.

The $60 covers the cost of the detailed workbook that is yours to keep for future reference, this cost goes directly to Parenting Place – if the cost is a barrier, please talk to us to discuss. ❤️

If this is your first time registering for one of our courses, then please click on the “Register now” button.

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